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Avinash Sable (born 13 September 1994) is an Indian athlete who specializes in 3000 metres steeplechase and holds the national record of 8:21.37 set in 2019.

Avinash Sable
Personal information
Full nameAvinash Mukund Sable[1]
Born (1994-09-13) 13 September 1994 (age 25)
Mandwa, Beed district, Maharashtra, India
SportTrack and field
Event(s)3000 metres steeplechase
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)8:21.37 NR (2019 Doha)
Updated on 15 September 2019.

Early lifeEdit

Sable was born on 13 September 1994 in Mandwa, Beed district, Maharashtra, into a family of farmers. From age six, he would run or walk the 6 km (3.7 mi) distance between home and school as there was no transport facility in his village.[2][3] After completing 12th grade, he joined the 5 Mahar regiment of Indian Army, being posted at the Siachen Glacier in 2013–2014, deserts of north-western Rajasthan, followed by Sikkim from 2015.[4] He first took part in inter-army cross country running in 2015 at the insistence of his colleagues, before switching to steeplechase under trainer Amrish Kumar.[3][5] Sable, who was overweight, managed to lose 20 kg (44 lb) in three months, before joining the national camp where he was trained by Nikolai Snesarev. In 2018, Sable went back to coach Kumar as Snesarev's training routine did not "suit" him.[2]


After failing to qualify for the 2018 Asian Games due to an ankle injury, Sable broke the 37-year-old national record of 8:30.88 held by Gopal Saini, by clocking 8:29.80 at the 2018 National Open Championships in Bhubaneswar. He set a new national record of 8:28.94 in March 2019 at the Federation Cup in Patiala,[6] as a result of which he qualified for the 2019 Asian Athletics Championships and 2019 World Athletics Championships.[7] He became the first male steeplechaser from India to qualify for the World Championships since Deena Ram (1991).[8]

Sable won the silver medal at the 2019 Asian Athletics Championships in Doha, his debut international event, with a timing of 8:30.19.[6] On 1 October 2019, he again broke his own national record at the World Championships where he ran 8:25.23 in the heats, despite twice being at the receiving end of Takele Nigate's accidental tripping during the race, to finish seventh in the heats and out of contention for the final.[9] However, after a successful appeal by the Athletics Federation of India, Sable was included in the final and became the first Indian to qualify for the 3000 metres steeplechase final at the World Championships.[10] He further improved the national record to 8:21.37 in the final, finishing 13th out of 16 runners,[11] and qualified for the 2020 Summer Olympics.[12]


  1. ^ "3000m Steeplechase Men - Asian Athletics Championships" (PDF). Retrieved 15 September 2019.
  2. ^ a b Koshie, Nihal (19 March 2019). "Federation Cup: Avinash Sable, a man for all seasons". The Indian Express. Retrieved 15 September 2019.
  3. ^ a b Siwach, Vinay (18 March 2019). "From Siachen to Worlds, soldier Avinash Sable completes incredible journey with national record". Retrieved 15 September 2019.
  4. ^ Swaminathan, Swaroop (19 March 2019). "Avinash Sable's long and winding road to worlds". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 15 September 2019.
  5. ^ Selvaraj, Jonathan (29 September 2018). "Soldier turned steeplechaser, Avinash Sable targets Olympics after breaking 37-year-old national record". Retrieved 15 September 2019.
  6. ^ a b Rajaraman, G. (22 April 2019). "Asian Athletics Championships: Avinash Sable shows maturity despite trepidation to bag silver on international debut". Firstpost. Retrieved 15 September 2019.
  7. ^ K Halder, Aditya (19 March 2019). "Meteoric rise of Avinash Sable in Fed Cup". India Today. Retrieved 15 September 2019.
  8. ^ Aga, Oumar (13 September 2019). "Conquered Beed, survived Kargil, Army steeplechaser's Pune gold is 'world championship' practice run". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 16 September 2019.
  9. ^ "3000 Metres Steeplechase Summary". IAAF. Retrieved 1 October 2019.
  10. ^ "IAAF World Championships: Avinash Sable included in Steeplechase final after India's successful appeal". India Today. 1 October 2019. Retrieved 1 October 2019.
  11. ^ "3000 Metres Steeplechase Result". IAAF. Retrieved 4 October 2019.
  12. ^ "India's Avinash Sable qualifies for Tokyo Olympics after smashing 3000m steeplechase national record for second time". The Hindu. 5 October 2019. Retrieved 5 October 2019.

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